THE King Of Brega overturned odds-on Ben Button (8/11) to take the Molson Coors Handicap Hurdle over two miles, six and a half furlongs at Downpatrick, the feature race on a card where every favourite was beaten.
The Henry De Bromhead-trained 10-year-old was ridden by 5lb claimer Dylan Robinson, the pair went to the front after the last and then stayed on well to score by a comfortable seven lengths, at odds of 11/1.
There was almost a massive shock in the previous race, the two-mile, five and a half-furlong maiden hurdle, when 50/1 Caerleon Kate, ridden by Paul Townend, was pipped on the line by Immortal Bridge (8/1), the mount of Mark Walsh. The winner is trained by Joseph O'Brien.
The widest winning margin of the day came in the opening race, the Balloo Maiden Hurdle over an extended two miles, two and a half furlongs.
Atlantic Breaker (11/1), ridden by Paddy Kennedy, who claimed 3lbs, hit the front after the last and stayed on well to score by nine and a half lengths from the Gordon Elliott-trained Canny Tom (7/1). The winner is trained by Mark McNiff, who indicated that the horse could go to Galway.
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